REVELSTOKE BACKCOUNTRY GUIDES
helping you create the ultimate backcountry experience
OMAKASE style Ski Touring and Splitboarding
“Omakase” is a Japanese word that means to respectfully allow another to decide what is best.
We handcraft each itinerary and ski tour to focus on your group’s goals, ability levels and most importantly, current snowpack and weather conditions to maximize your on snow experience.
These mountains are different.
Our snowpack is the perfect blend of quality and quantity. The terrain ranges from unique cedar old growth forests – perfect for storm skiing- to high alpine glaciated terrain and traverses. Simply put, we believe the Selkirks are the best ski mountains on Earth.
“The Selkirks abound in abrupt, bold forms such as narrow V-shaped valleys and sharp A-shaped peaks. Mountains, valley, glaciers, and torrents are crowded together in a compact maze. They press upon one irresistibly from every side and merely to be among them is to sense their rugged vigorous appeal.” – Howard Palmer Mountaineering and Exploration in the Selkirks
Revelstoke Backcountry Guides is committed to safety minded, high adventure experiences in the Columbia mountains of B.C. Trust, respect and situational awareness are the foundations of a successful experience in the mountains and we believe that connecting directly with your guide for every step of the process is key. Our focus is on detail oriented, multi-day backcountry ski guiding trips. We look forward to sharing our passion and our local mountains.
IFMGA/UIAGM Mountain Guide
Mike is RBG’s owner and lead guide. He’s an IFMGA/UIAGM Mountain Guide certified through the American Mountain Guides Association. He loves coffee, animals (but not eating them) and skiing. Mike designs and personally guides the majority of our programs and thrives on skis or a splitboard.
ACMG Ski Guides
We hire talented local guides who are creative thinkers certified by the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG) or International Federation of Mountain Guides Associations (IFMGA/UIAGM). Our guides are industry leaders who prioritize safety and customer service. Most importantly, our guides love to ski.
we offer a trip consulting service.
Revelstoke is located within striking distance of several international airports. The majority of our skiers arrive by air through Kelowna YLW, then transfer by car to Revelstoke (2 hrs). Other itineraries include travel through Calgary (4.75 hrs), Kamloops (2.5 hrs), Spokane (6 hrs), Seattle (7.5 hrs) or Vancouver (7 hrs).
Our farthest commute from Revelstoke to our ski terrain is 45minutes via the Trans Canada Highway to Rogers Pass.
We are available for guided skiing in the region from December to May. Below are some seasonal generalizations.
December- Mid January Days are short and typically filled with deep cold snow. Historically, Revelstoke is one of the best places for early season powder skiing with excellent coverage and regular storm skiing. Sunny days tend to be scarce. The mountains are typically less crowded and lodge space and local accommodations are more readily available.
Mid January-Early March Heart of the season with typically deep snowpack (2-4meters) and reliable powder skiing conditions with chances for better visibility. February is the high season with very limited last minute availability.
Mid March-Mid April Early spring conditions with equal chances at sunny alpine conditions with excellent snow or spring powder skiing. Generally rock climbing and mountain biking areas in Revelstoke become dry enough for multisport days.
Late April- May Spring ski mountaineering season with corn skiing and big overnight objectives. Mountains can be in excellent condition at the higher elevations. Tent based or traverse type programs are ideal at this time of year with many of our guides traveling to higher elevation zones or more Northern latitudes.
We know the local options and can help you plan other aspects of your trip.
- Private and Group Accommodation and Private Catering
- Airport Transfers to Revelstoke (road or air)
- Helicopter Skiing Booking and Referrals
- Professional on Snow Photography Services
Waiver and Terms
Each guest will be required to sign a paper copy of our assumption of risk and release of liability form on trip start, please review but do not sign this waiver.
Terms and Conditions
We require a deposit of 50% of total trip cost upon booking to secure your date(s). Full Payment is due 60 days prior to the trip start or can be paid at the time of booking.
Payments may be made by Interac or email transfer (Canada), or by credit or debit card securely through a paypal invoice sent directly to the guest.
If there is a special need to cancel or alter a current booking, please let us know as soon as possible. Cancellation policies are listed below. It is highly recommended that each guest purchase trip cancellation insurance.
180+ days prior to trip start an administrative of 90% of the booking fee/deposit will be refunded.
90-180 days prior to trip start 50% of booking fee/deposit will be refunded.
60-90 days before trip start, Guest will be charged 100% of booking fee/deposit.
Less than 60 days prior to trip start date, guest will relinquish 100% of the total trip cost.
In the event that the guide must cancel or alter the program due to reasons beyond his/her control (inclement weather, hazardous mountain conditions, disruption of transportation links, etc) the guide shall be bound to propose substitute tours to the guest that correspond to the capacities of the guide and of the client.
Contact us via email or imessage to discuss a reservation. We love the opportunity to talk skiing and will look forward to putting together an itinerary for you.